Welcome to the Stanford Nephrology Fellowship Program

The goals of our fellowship program are 1) to provide outstanding care to persons with kidney disease, 2) to create a rigorous and supportive environment in which to train fellows to become leaders and innovators, and 3) to establish and nurture basic, translational and clinical research programs that advance the understanding of kidney disease and related health conditions in an environment committed to respect for others, excellence, innovation, diversity and social responsibility.

Please explore all the opportunities our program has to offer and contact us with any questions.  Thanks for your interest in Stanford Nephrology.

- Yiming Lit, MD,  Program Director
- Pedram Fatehi, MD, Director of Education
- Fahmeedah Kamal, MD, Associate Program Director
- Tammy Sirich, MD, Associate Program Director
- Cayla Whitney, Education Program Coordinator

Please send any inquires about our program to Cayla Whitney at caylacw@stanford.edu. 

Fellow activities

Fellowship Pathways

Basic and Translational Science

The Division espouses a curriculum for research training based on well-defined and well-supported pathways in a variety of disciplines. For a nephrology fellow performing research in one of nine pathways offered, the fellow and his or her Oversight Committee members will devise a training plan consisting of research projects and graduate-level didactic coursework.

Clinical Research

Within the School of Medicine, the foundation for training in clinical research is based in the Department of Health, Research and Policy, which has established Master’s programs in epidemiology and health services research.

Clinical Practice

For fellows with clear career goals in medical practice, we offer a two-year program with additional in-depth experience in various areas of interest such as peritoneal and home hemo dialysis, dialysis unit directorship, and quality improvement, among others.  With some protected time for scholarly activity during the second year, clinical fellows may pursue a circumscribed research or educational project.

Formal Sub-specialty Training Opportunities

(ACGME or AST accredited fellowships, separate applications, usually completed after General Nephrology)

Kidney Transplantation

  • American Society of Transplantation Accredited Fellowship Program
  • Qualification:  completion of general nephrology fellowship
  • Duration:  one year, at least 50% clinical
  • One position yearly;  application through Kidney Transplant Program, contact Dr. Adetokunbo Odunaiya

Critical Care Nephrology

  • ACGME Certified Fellowship Program; additional ABIM Eligibility in Critical Care Medicine upon completion
  • Qualification:  completion of general nephrology fellowship
  • Duration:  one year
  • Multiple positions yearly;  application through Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program, contact Dr. P. Fatehi

Palliative Care Nephrology

  • ACGME Certified Fellowship Program; additional ABIM Eligibility in Hospice and Palliative Medicine upon completion
  • Qualification:  completion of general nephrology fellowship
  • Duration:  one year
  • Multiple positions yearly;  application through Palliative Medicine Fellowship program

Combined Adult-Pediatric Nephrology

  • ACGME Certified Fellowship Program; additional American Board of Pediatrics Eligibility in Pediatric Nephrology upon completion
  • Qualification:  completion of combined med-peds residency
  • Duration:  one clinical year and one research year in each adult and pediatric programs (4 years total); potential for additional research years
  • Multiple positions yearly;  application through standard ERAS adult nephrology fellowship, contact Dr. Y. Lit and Dr. P. Grimm

Clinical Informatics Fellowship

  • ACGME Certified Fellowship Program
  • Qualification:  Medical graduates who are US board eligible for their primary specialty 
  • Duration:  2 years
  • Multiple positions yearly;  application through Clinical Informatics Fellowship Website

Sub-specialty Research and Clinical Opportunities during General Nephrology Fellowship at Stanford

Kidney Stone Disease

  • Research and clinical training in diagnosing and treating kidney stone disease and associated hormonal and electrolyte disorders
  • Research opportunities include basic, translational, and clinical research studies: Stanford Kidney Stone Clinic

Glomerular Disease

  • Primarily research focus with involvement in clinical trials combined with clinical care of variety of glomerular disease


  • Primarily research focus with involvement in basic, translational and/or clinical studies, combined with clinical care of refractory and secondary hypertension cases

Global Health Nephrology

  • Hands on experience working with international research collaborators, for individuals committed to improving care of patients with kidney disease in low-resource settings

BioDesign Innovation

  • Hands on experience working on multi-disciplinary teams with members from other departments throughout the university and proven mentors to identify important health care needs, invent novel technologies to address them, and prepare to implement products into patient care through start-up or corporate channels

Value-Based Health Care Design Innovation

  • Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, fellows develop a solid foundation of design thinking for health care, gain experience in developing innovative care models, and work with health system and industry leaders to optimize quality of care delivery systems with lower spending